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Bang legislation Teachers speak out regarding guns on campus BONNIE CAMPO

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Oklahoma lawmakers are firing back against U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed gun controls with a barrage of legislation designed to expand gun rights At the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, lawmakers have introduced more than 50 bills to protect the right to bear arms and create loopholes in current and proposed federal laws. The authors have offered the bills for consideration in the 2013 legislative session that began Feb. 4. The bills include proposals to exempt Oklahoma-made guns from federal restrictions. Other measures “Politicians get to make would deputize school officials and permit district attorneys to carry their constituents feel firearms. better by saying they At least one bill already has cleared its first hurdle: on Feb. 6, are engaging the issue.” the House Public Safety Committee keIth gaDDIe, voted 8-3 to approve HB 1062, which polItICal sCIenCe pRoFessoR would allow public school teachers and administrators to carry loaded handguns to school if they complete a basic firearm course. Although the legislature has tried in the past to allow guns on college campuses, none of the bills introduced this session contains provisions to permit that. OU political science professor Keith Gaddie said much of the backlash appears to be an attempt by lawmakers to publicly voice their support of gun rights. “Politicians get to make their constituents feel better by saying they are engaging the issue,” Gaddie said. “They get to get votes by appearing to respond to the issue. They will never be enforced, and everyone will just go along.” BLAyKLee BucHAnAn/tHe dAiLy

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Bequeathing Boyd’s legacy

Bone marrow donations set to save lives

Founder of undergraduate research journal to retire AJINUR SETIWALDI Campus Reporter

After 7 years of straight publication, the future of a journal on religious topics is left undetermined as the founder retires from OU. The OU Religious Studies Student Journal recognizes the brilliance, research and writing of undergraduate students, said Barbara Boyd, religious studies professor and director of Outreach for the Religious Studies Program. “We had a number of incredible students, I mean just very bright,

academically skilled stuIn the last issue of the journal, Boyd dents who were writing reflected on her time spent with the superior papers,” Boyd project. said. “This will be my final year to obBoyd realserve, mentor, encour“I don’t know age, challenge and aid in ized that not many under- what’s going to the birth of this underjournal,” Boyd BARBARA graduate stuhappen to the graduate dents get an wrote in the foreword BOyD journal.” opportunity of the 2012 journal that to get their work published. came out in February baRbaRa boyD, She created the journal 2013. RelIgIoUs stUDIes Boyd and her husto recognize exceptional pRoFessoR band, OU religious studundergraduate research ies professor Tom Boyd, papers because too much attention is paid to graduate students’ will retire at the end of the semester, published papers and not enough is she said. “I don’t know what will happen to paid to undergraduate students, she said. see BOYD PAGe 2

OU looks to right the ship against KSU

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Sports: After back-to-back losses, the sooner women’s basketball team tries to get back in the win column.

Norman Music Festival lineup released

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Morgan Hook drives through the lane TCU. Hook had 10 points in the first half.

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the sixth annual norman Music Festival, which will be held this spring, announced its headliner on tuesday. the Joy Formidable will perform as the headliner on the Main stage and Jd McPherson will perform as the headliner on the Jack daniels stage, said steven White, the event coordinator. the norman Music Festival is a free event that will be held from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. April 25 and 26, and will start at noon April 27, White said. the festival takes place in downtown norman from Gray street to comanche street, between Porter Avenue and santa Fe Avenue, according to the festival’s website. there will be a Latin and Blues stage on Friday night, Kid’s area saturday and Lion’s club carnival right off of the Main stage, according to White. White said all different kinds of music fans are encouraged to come. the Jack daniels stage will include Jonathan tyler and the northern Lights, elephant Revival, the o’s, samantha crain, Beau Jennings & the tigers, Kyle Reid and headliner Jd McPherson, White said. those who attend will be able to enjoy the bars and restaurants on Main street along with a food court that will be set up, White said. “there will be crazy amounts of good music. it will be tons of fun! More fun than one person should be allowed in one day,” White said. Ali Hausner, LIfe & Arts Reporter

OU, Okla. State University to battle in this year’s Bedlam Blood Drive MAX JANERKA

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In March of last year, a 38-year-old man in the Netherlands who was suffering from lymphoma received his first bone marrow transplant, which was made possible by a donation from an OU staff member. In June, that patient relapsed and had to receive another. Although the patient died later that year, his life was extended because a bone marrow donor was found through a campaign that matches potential donors with patients around the world. The donor in this case was Michelle Shults, OU College of Liberal Studies academic advisor. This year’s Bedlam Blood Drive has added a “Be the Match” station where students and faculty between the ages of 18 and 44 can sign up to be bone marrow donors, said Julie Gimmel, program consultant for Oklahoma see BLOOD PAGe 2

Sequestration is a big word for a simple problem Opinion: despite lawmakers’ effort to mask financial policy, sequestration is easy to understand. (Page 4)

Men’s tennis team fares well at ITA Indoor in Seattle Sports: the no. 8 sooners went 2-1 during their three-match stretch at the itA indoor national championships. (Page 6)

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Today around campus OU baseball plays Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Attend an OU Pre-Dental Club meeting 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Dale Hall, Room 125. Women’s basketball plays Kansas State 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center. Attend a free OU Drumline help session for individual attention and feedback to improve your skills, meet the faculty and prepare for 2013 auditions 7 to 9 p.m. in Catlett Music Center, Room 138.

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Blood Institute. The process for signing up to be a bone marrow donor is very straightforward, only requiring the potential donor to fill out a form about their ancestry, health and contact information. They also have to sign a consent form, said Marcikus L ong, O klahoma Blo o d Institute “Be the Match” representative. Once the forms are approved, a potential donor will be asked to provide buccal swabs, which are samples taken from the insides of one’s cheeks with a cotton-tipped swab, Long said. The swabs then are sent to a laboratory for tissue typing, then added to a list of potential donors to be matched with a person in need of the marrow donation, Long said. For Shults, the donation process wasn’t difficult, either, she said. “It’s a lot like giving plasma,” Shults said. “It’s not painful; it just takes a bit of time. And if you’re lucky enough to be a match, you could save a life.” There are two ways to donate bone marrow. One method involves having

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Katherine Williams, human relations sophomore, gives blood in the ROTC Armory on Monday.

surgery, and the other uses daily injections that stimulate stem cell production in bone marrow, she said. T h e i n j e c t i o n s c au s e extra stem cells to flow into the blood stream. The donor’s blood then is filtered through a machine that separates the stem cells from the blood and collects them for donation, Shults said.

guns: Law proposals include Okla. teachers keeping guns in cars

For Sooners interested in donating blood, 16 and 17-year-olds must weigh more than 125 pounds, and those over 18 must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, according to the institute’s website. Oklahoma State University’s blood drive was a few weeks ago, and more than 500 O SU students

donated blood during the week, Gimmel said. On the first day of OU’s blood drive, 110 people donated blood, she said. Max Janerka

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Corrections The Oklahoma Daily is committed to serving readers with accurate coverage and welcomes your comments about information that may require correction or clarification. To contact us with corrections, email us at dailynews@ In Friday’s Sooner Schedule, playwright Bertolt Brecht’s name was misspelled. In Monday’s story, Mr. and Miss International OU Pageant spreads cultural diversity, Gnana Subramaniam’s country of origin was mistakenly identified. He is from India. In Monday’s story, Mr. and Miss International OU Pageant spreads cultural diversity, Rashad Almilad was mistakenly quoted. He is only running for president of the Saudi Students Association. In Tuesday’s story, Students called on to design posters for Eve of Nations, Janice Levi’s title was incorrectly identified. She is the international programs coordinator for the College of International Studies.

Gaddie said he’s not convinced all of the president’s national proposals will be adopted or that Oklahoma’s legislature will approve many of the gun bills introduced this year. “I don’t think a ban’s coming,” Gaddie said. “The president has done everything he can with executive orders, which means he is doing everything he can with existing law. Congress is not going to pass anything. It won’t happen.” Among the bills introduced in Oklahoma is a measure authored by State Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Tulsa, that would allow elementary and secondary teachers and administrators to carry firearms to school campuses. The bill does not allow teachers to carry their guns into the school but would let them keep their guns in their vehicles. Under the law, that is still considered to be on their person, Cockroft said. “A while ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a car is an extension of oneself, meaning if these teachers had a firearm, they could carry it on their person or in their car,” Cockroft said. While this may be true, “We shouldn’t keeping a gun in a vehicle is fight violence with not as secure as keeping it in home or carrying violence. I think ait secure in a holster, Gaddie said. we need to have Extending gun rights to cars campus police at would cause a complex debate that could create more every school.” harm than intended. While new laws might proCandace Robinette, vide rights to educators who second-grade teacher at Hilldale Elementary School desire firearms, some educators without guns say they would feel less protected if Cockroft’s proposal became law. “We shouldn’t fight violence with violence,“ said Candace Robinette, a second-grade teacher at Hilldale Elementary School in the Putnam City School District. “I think we need to have campus police at every school.” Robinette said she has no fear for her own safety but worries about her students. “My kids have been exposed to guns, but not positively,” she said. “They hear about and deal with shootings pretty regularly.” Cockroft said children should be taught about firearms for their own benefit. “My measure would not bring guns into schools,” he said. “But, to decrease violence, we must educate children early about guns; that way we can be preventative and protective to outside violence or incidents.” OU secondary education See more online senior Ashleigh Amaro said Visit what she is learning now is for the complete story how to teach children not to operate a firearm.

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the journal,” Boyd said. Although she doesn’t know its fate, the journal will stick around after she leaves because OU President David Boren has said he is committed to keeping the journal and will continue to fund it, Boyd said. Also, her job as faculty advisor to the journal may be assigned to one of the faculty members in the religious studies department, Boyd said “But none of those decisions have been made

yet,” Boyd said. “They will happen when I am gone.” Allana Taylor, a two-time editor of the journal, said she isn’t sure about the future of the journal either and the fate of the journal will depend on the willingness of another faculty member to be as involved in the journal as Boyd was. “It’s going to be challenging,” said Taylor. Boyd, almost 70, and her husband, Tom, almost 80, said it’s time for them to move on from the university. “It’s going to be hard,” Boyd said. “It’s time to move on and let the younger generation of faculty come in. It’s their time.” To ensure the journal continues publication, Boyd said she is leaving her department with the tools to continue it in the form of a CD that contains the formatting and an instruction book for student editors.

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Obama urges sequestration alternative Split congress torn between straight cuts and the addition of tax reforms JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten days before a new deadline for broad, automatic government spending cuts, the sense of urgency that surrounded other recent fiscal crises is absent. Government agencies are preparing to absorb an $85 billion hit to their budgets, and politicians, at least for now, seem willing to accept the consequences. President Barack Obama, back from a Florida golfing weekend, warned Tuesday that “people will lose their jobs” if Congress doesn’t act. But lawmakers weren’t in session to hear his appeal, and they aren’t coming back to work until next week. Still dividing the two sides are sharp differences over whether tax increases, which Obama wants and Republicans oppose, should be part of a budget deal. Obama cautioned that if the immediate spending cuts — known as sequestration — occur, the full range of government will feel the effects. Among those he listed: furloughed FBI agents, reductions in spending for communities to pay police, firefighters and teachers, and decreased ability to respond to threats around the world. Aides say Obama is ready to take his case more directly to the public in an effort to pressure Republicans, either by traveling to vulnerable states or, as the White House often does, through local media interviews. They say neither Obama nor White House officials are now engaged in direct negotiations with Republican leaders. “So far at least, the ideas that the Republicans have proposed ask nothing of the wealthiest Americans or the biggest corporations,” Obama said. “So the burden is all on the first responders, or seniors or middle class families.” The spending cuts, however, aren’t perceived to be as calamitous as the threatened results of recent fights over the nation’s borrowing authority and the “fiscal cliff” that would have cut spending and increased tax rates on all Americans paying income taxes. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would have left the government with no money to spend on myriad programs and could have precipitated an unprecedented default. The fiscal cliff had the potential of setting back the economic recovery. In fact, many Republicans now see the automatic cuts in spending as the only way to tackle the federal deficit. And many Democrats believe the cuts will have to materialize before Republicans agree to some increase in taxes. “Not only do I expect the sequester to kick in, but unfortunately it will take a couple of temporary government shutdowns before Republicans realize they need to sit down and negotiate in good faith,” said Democratic consultant Jim Manley, a former Senate leadership aide who periodically


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President Barack Obama, accompanied by first responders behind him, gestures as he speaks Tuesday in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office building on the White House complex in Washington. Obama was urging Congress to come up with an alternative plan to avert automatic spending cuts, set to kick in on March 1, 2013.

consults with Obama officials. have said they would overhaul the tax system to reduce rates, White House officials say they believe Republican House not to raise revenue. Speaker John Boehner of Ohio will ultimately relent in his opBoehner said in a statement following Obama’s remarks: position to additional taxes. They note that despite his initial “Tax reform is a once-in-a generation opportunity to boost stand against increasing tax rates in December, he eventually job creation in America. It should not be squandered to enallowed a House vote to proceed raising more Washington spending. “So far, at least, the ideas able the top rate on the wealthiest taxpayers. Spending is the problem, spending that the Republicans have must be the focus.” Not this time, he said Tuesday: “The American people understand that the proposed ask nothing of the Tuesday’s exchanges came as the corevenue debate is now closed.” chairs of a bipartisan deficit-reduction House Republicans have proposed wealthiest Americans or the commission called for reducing the an alternative to the broad, immediate deficit by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 biggest corporations.” budget cuts, targeting specific spendyears, with much of the savings coming president barack obama ing and extending some of the reducthrough health care changes, the clostions over a longer period of time. They ing of tax loopholes, a stingier adjustalso have said they are willing to undertake changes in the ment of Social Security’s cost-of-living increases and other tax code and eliminate loopholes and tax subsidies. But they measures.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday she will push for a statewide vote in 2014 on a smoking ban designed to reduce second-hand smoke and promote a healthier state. Flanked by dozens of health officials, mayors and state legislators, Fallin’s announcement came a day after a Senate committee soundly rejected a bill she supported that would have allowed cities and towns to enact stricter smoking bans than currently exist in state law. “The tobacco interests may have won a battle yesterday, but they definitely didn’t win the war,” Fallin said. “A setback is an opportunity for a comeback.” Although details of the ballot language haven’t been finalized, Fallin said it could range from giving cities more authority to put bans in place to a statewide ban on smoking in public places. The goal is to have the measure on the ballot in 2014, the same year Fallin is up for reelection. In order to place a proposed change in state law on the ballot, supporters have 90 days from the day a petition is filed to gather signatures from nearly 83,000 voters, or 8 percent of the number of votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial election, according to the secretary of state’s office.

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THUMBS DOWN: Proposed state legislation would let teachers carry guns in school parking lots. The measure could be backlash against national gun control efforts. (Page 1)


What is sequestration? Our View: Politicians use big word to hide simple

the debt ceiling. Obama and Democrats thought ideas. the federal government needed more money, so they got Republicans to agree to raise the national As President Barack Obama’s ears grow, debt, as long as mandatory cuts were made so do the words he uses to explain the govlater to help offset the cost. The Our View ernment’s budget negotiations. The fiscal These cuts add up to $85 billion in 2013, is the majority opinion of cliff has become sequestration — a term and $1 trillion over 10 years. The Daily’s used to explain mandatory cuts in governCuts would be “across the board,” which nine-member ment programs. means many federally funded programs editorial board With all the jargon being tossed around would be subject to cuts. These include in Washington, D.C., it is important to unmilitary, education and Medicare proderstand the meanings behind terms grams. Some programs will be exempt, politicians use. Obama and other lawincluding Social Security, veterans proUPDATE makers use terms like sequestration to grams and Pell grants. Sequestration hide simple concepts that almost anyLike a pawnshop, the sequestration Background: The one can understand. of government programs was used Budget Control Act We would like to do our best to exto guarantee lawmakers would find a of 2011 created plain sequestration, what it means and way to fund the national debt increase. mandatory cuts. where it comes from. But Obama and lawmakers, mostly What’s new: Sequestration, in normal use, refers Democrats, are trying to find a way to Lawmakers avoided to the act of taking property to ensure pay the bill and get these out of pawn. the cuts in January, payment. When a pawnshop gives a Democrats have proposed increaspushing the deadline back to March 1. person a loan on a guitar for example, es in tax revenues to fill the gap. Their the pawnshop sequesters the guitar proposal includes tax increases on What’s next: If until payment on the loan is made. earners making more than $1 million no compromise is reached, mandatory The term commonly is used in court a year, and closing loopholes in corpocuts will be made cases to ensure payment of fines and rate tax structures, among other ideas. to many federal judgments. A court can issue an order In short, sequestration is a policy that programs. of sequestration that allows the sheriff lawmakers created in 2011 and are now to take physical possession of a defentrying to solve. Sequestration might dant’s property. have a fancy name, but it is based on a So why are we using it to talk about the nationsimple idea. Whether the cuts go through or not, al budget? To put it simply: Lawmakers pawned lawmakers will pat themselves on the back for hanAmerica to themselves. dling a problem they created. The Budget Control Act of 2011 put in place mandatory cuts in the federal budget as part of negotiations to get Republicans to approve an increase in Comment on this on


Federal minimum wage increases do not harm business Editors note: Jerod Coker was an opinion columnist in 2011. I was perturbed to see Scott Houser’s column’s boldly claim that a higher federal minimum wage would increase unemployment. While he is certainly not alone in this conviction, he and his peers are appealing to faulty economics 101 teachings and, alas, are simply wrong. In fact, just this month, the Center for Economic and Policy Research published a 22-page meta-study titled “Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect on Employment?”. The paper goes through a few different economic rationales behind why, despite econ. 101 labor supply and demand curves, increases in the minimum wage do not have an effect on unemployment. In fact, sometimes the increase boosts employment, presumably by increasing demand in the area. Aside from the exact causal relationship (or lack thereof), the paper concluded the following: “Economists have conducted hundreds of studies of the employment impact of the minimum wage. Summarizing those studies is a daunting task, but two recent meta-studies analyzing the research conducted since the early 1990s concludes that the minimum wage has little or no discernible effect on the employment prospects of low-wage workers.” So, it seems that President Barack Obama’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage might not be such a bad idea after all. We have to step out of the shadow of the defunct Washington Consensus era and stop making policies based off faulty econ. 101 models. They may be useful for instructing basic principles — maybe — but not for writing legislation. To quote John Maynard Keynes, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” Our own economics and business students would do well to question overly simplified, empirically unfounded theories. Jerod Coker is an economics senior



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Eliminate the penny to save millions, speed transactions


anada followed their penniless future, the OPINION COLUMNIST logic and killed their U.S. should take a serious penny Feb. 4. Cash look at the system that alpurchases will be rounded to lows zinc-industry lobbythe nearest nickel and extra ists to convince lawmakers one-cent pieces will be colof simple untruths. lected and melted down for Concern over metal over the next three to change-requesting charfour years. ities losing money is Storm Dowd-Lukesh There are a bunch of unfounded because doing numerical arguments for nations haven’t fallen in removing our own Lincoln Australia or New Zealand coin, including the $50 million taxpayers despite the two rounding off prices to 5 lose annually to mint a few billion copies cents and 10 cents, respectively. of the piece. This confirms my call for recyRounding prices wouldn’t cost consumcling the copper in our pockets. In truth, I ers because the penny itself already is a hate the penny. rounded denomination after your sales The U.S. could save even more by chang- tax, and transactions rounded up and ing the dollar bill into a coin but you won’t down over time will statistically balance find me carrying a purse of Sacagawea each other out. coins any time soon. I campaign against I have tremendous respect for Abraham the copper coin because it slows transacLincoln as a man and president but his tions rather than facilitating them. coin is outdated. The penny should be removed from cirWhen a penny had real value, the U.S. culation because it makes your life just a minted half-cent coins, a process that bit harder. came to an end in 1857 when the coins The time spent in line waiting for a cusvalue was roughly a dime of today’s tomer one spot ahead of you to count out money. the $1.68 doesn’t need to be wasted. You don’t have to move north or get I remove pennies from my pocket and, worked up over the issue, but the clock is aside from the “take a penny-leave a ticking. penny” trays, most people don’t enjoy reLet’s see if the U.S. government can ceiving a handful of coins as change. legalize rationality and free us from the The jar of pennies, nickels and dimes penny. sitting in many houses is dead money and wasted capital that adds up in a country of Storm Dowd-Lukesh is a University College over 300 million. freshman. While our neighbors to the north enjoy

t is often said there is the result of information OPINION COLUMNIST is always a reason processing at the level of the to live, but there is brain. In theory, this informaalways a reason to die. tion could be duplicated onto Usually what people a computer hard drive, allowmean is, it is better to ing our consciousness to be “be” than “not be.” preserved after the death of This assumption has our bodies. predicated much of Other scientists remain Nathan Cranford science as advances in skeptical. Editor in Chief of medicine have extended Scientific American John human longevity. Rennie argues such remarks However, recent medical advances are premature as neuroscience is a fairly resuggest human immortality is a real and cent and foreign field to burgeon out of the perhaps imminent possibility. hard sciences. Science could achieve biological imMost neuroscientists believe that if such mortality in a variety of ways. technology ever exists, it will not be readScientists have recently probed a speily available for at least another couple cies of jellyfish known as the “immortal decades. jellyfish.” The immortal jellyfish is not The same is true for biology, since immune to disease, but it is immune to the complexity of DNA is still not fully age. understood. The immortal jellyfish is able to escape There is little debate as to whether scithe clutches of death by reverting aged entists could achieve immortality versus cells into youthful cells even after it has whether they should, in the words of Ian passed sexual maturity. Malcom from “Jurassic Park.” In theory, this process can be repeated Often, death is assumed an intrinsic evil indefinitely. that would be best avoided. However, the “I believe it will be easy to solve the finitude of life is arguably what motivates mystery of immortality and apply ultilife. mate life to human beings,” marine biolThe realization of death creates a sense of ogist Shin Kubota said, according to the urgency to make best use of the time availHuffington post. able. Perhaps scientists and persons should That is one way of achieving immortal- be more concerned about how to live well ity. However, scientists have long specu- versus how to live indefinitely. lated immortality could be achieved by It may be possible one day to extend life nanotechnology. for a thousand years and perhaps forever. An optimist such as Google’s Director However, the mere act of extending life as of Engineering Ray Kurzweil has recently an intrinsic good ignores a variety of other argued the computer power necessary factors such as limited available resources for immortality could be available within and the actual quality of possible extended 20 years. life. In particular, Kurzweil argues nanoI am grateful for scientific and medical bots could be inoculated into the human advances, and would be happy to live a furbody to efficiently reproduce red blood ther 200-300 years. cells indefinitely. My point is that the hope for immortality Nanobots currently are being reis overstated. An infinite life is of finite value searched upon animals. but a finite life is of infinite value. Speculations in artificial intelligence and neuroscience propose other alterNathan Cranford is a philosophy senior. natives. Fundamentally, consciousness

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SPORTS More online at ›› The No. 18 OU baseball team played a doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park, winning both games.

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For many an avid tennis fan, there’s no better venue than the college game. That game was brought to its highest level this weekend at the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Men’s Team Indoor Championship in Seattle. The Sooners came home with a 2-1 record in the prestigious tourney thanks to the clutch play of sophomore Nick Papac. Papac captured the deciding team point with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory over sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar of California, as OU beat the Golden Bears, 4-3. What makes this win more monumental is Papac did not play in the weekend’s previous two matches. The Sooners also conquered Cal’s Pac-12 conference brother and tourney host, Washington. OU’s lone loss came at the hands of No. 9 Duke, as OU played each of its matches late into the night all three evenings. OU was the sole Big 12 representative in this year’s event with the SEC and Pac12 providing the lion’s share of qualifiers. In fact, it was Virginia from the ACC defeating the Pac-12’s USC in Monday’s championship final. It is this competition among the regional diversity of storied tennis programs which makes the Sooners proud to be here. And it is quite an accomplishment to qualify for the field of 16. OU joined the other 15 by beating Harvard and Memphis in the Intercollegiate Tennis

Statistics: Beat Cal sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to clinch the Sooners 4-3 victory

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event, also held in Seattle, in 1999. The Sooners were led then by longtime men’s coach Paul Lockwood, a former OU player and Big 8 Association kickoff tourna- champion. It was the first time the ment last month. Sooners had made the tourWith five years of expeney field since 1975, when rience as a player or coach Lockwood and OU played in in this event, who better to the event held in Wisconsin. lead the Sooners into the So as the nation’s top battle in Seattle than OU men’s coach John Roddick. teams descended on Seattle, Roddick shared his objec“I played in this tourney tive for getting OU here — all four years at Georgia,” and beyond. he said. “We made it to the In addition to playing semifinals twice and the fistrong Big 12 rivals like nals twice, including being Baylor, Texas and TCU, one point away from winRoddick wants to get used to ning the championship in playing these other confer1997.” ences which boast the naHis experience with the event’s co-host and college tion’s best college tennis. Ultimately, it boils down tennis’ governing body, to continually competing the Intercollegiate Tennis with the top programs. Association, got deeper as This helps OU tennis as he recently joined the association’s board of directors. it takes its next step toward national prominence. “We are glad to be here Alluding to his desire for this year”, said Roddick, this, Roddick puts it quite adding that since being succinctly. named OU’s coach in June “We want to buy space 2009, he’s been disappointed his team hadn’t made the here, not rent it.” tournament already. “It can be a little uncomRob Colbert is an OU fortable versus the SEC, Pac-12, ACC,” he said, citing journalism alum and former tennis beat reporter for The Georgia’s strength to overANDREW TAT/THE DAILY UW Daily. come the loss of their top Senior Costin Paval serves during a match at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Men’s player Friday and still win Team Indoor Championship last weekend in Seattle. Paval went 2-0 during the tournament. the match. “Big teams expect to Are you on Twitter? win”, he said. “Lobbing can be tough indoors, unique Stay connected with The Daily things happen indoors. Rudy's & Sooner Parents “It is an opportunity that @OUDaily, makes us better in the long @OUDailyArts, run.” present: @OUDailySports OU last appeared in this


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Find ‘Alot’ of distraction LIFE & ARTS COLUMNIST

Jessica Murphy


admit, most days I distract myself by doing almost anything I can possibly think of instead of doing something productive. Watching YouTube videos of cats, playing Ruzzle on my phone, refreshing my Twitter repeatedly or even pinning cool things to do on Pinterest all sound more interesting than that accounting homework I’ve already put off for three days. Allie Brosh’s part web-comic part blog “Hyperbole and a Half” is great for these times. She tells of her childhood memories and challenges she faces as an adult in her signature dramatic style. She includes illustrations she creates in Microsoft Paint that add comedy to the blog. Even though most of us, regrettably, used AOL Instant Messenger ‘chat speak’ to communicate in our younger years, we have hopefully moved on and replaced our “u” with “you.” Along with other grammatically incorrect phrases, braces and embarrassing

fashion choices we have dropped since seventh grade, comes my favorite post, “The Alot is Better Than You at Everything,” in which Brosh describes what she imagines when someone misuses the phrase “a lot.” She has created a fictional animal she names the “Alot,” which is a cross between “a bear, a yak and a

pug,” that is hilariously illustrated in her post. Brosh uses this “Alot” to quell her anger and desire to correct people’s grammar, and instead shed a comedic light onto the situation. Other notably funny posts include “The Party” in which Brosh recounts how as a child she had a tooth surgery, but didn’t let heavy sedation or lack of speaking ability prevent her from convincing her mom she was well enough to go to a friend’s birthday party. Although the post is


In “Boyfriend Doesn’t Have Ebola. Probably.” Brosh recreates the pain chart listed in many hospitals to more accurately describe and illustrate a patient’s pain. The scale ranges from zero to “too serious for numbers.” Also, “How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood” is about how, as a child, Brosh tried to befriend a fish and became hysterical when she realized she killed it. Brosh’s blog also features an “Awesome Button” that has changed periodically. Right now it takes the reader to “Doctor Cat,” which features a comic written about a cat who is a doctor. It’s safe to say I spent quite a bit of time on that website, too. Although Brosh hasn’t posted in a while for personal reasons, she has more ART PROVIDED than enough amusing posts to put you. Aside from the post’s off my homework just a few hours longer. comedic relief, I’m also glad someone else has experienced these someJessica Murphy is a public times painfully awkward relations sophomore. situations.

lengthy, detailed pictures are provided, including a drawing of young Brosh trying to get out of a car, with her seat belt on, as her mom drives down the highway at 70 mph. Brosh’s “The Awkward Situation Survival Guide” includes a multitude of solutions for awkward situations including when there is an awkward silence, when you encounter a “close talker” and when you respond to someone who wasn’t talking to



Art exhibit brings Ireland to OU ‘Wandering Boundaries’ will be displayed tonight in Lightwell Gallery TESS THOMSON

Life & Arts Reporter

Engulf yourself in Ireland’s beauty, inside and out, at the “Wandering Boundaries” exhibit, which opens today. “Wandering Boundaries” will be on display in the School of Art & Art History’s Lightwell Gallery and will have an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. With artwork primarily by two artists, Joan Phillips and Erin Treacy, “Wandering Boundaries” explores physical and cultural aspects of the Irish culture, Phillips said. “‘Wandering Boundaries’ is such a great title as it can conjure up literal representations,” Treacy said. “And it also serves as a great metaphor for anything that has flexible edges or states of being.” The exhibit is full of paintings, photographs and a short underwater film, Phillips said. The film is a collaboration between Lesley Wingfield and Amelia Reiser. Reiser is the dancer in the film, while Wingfield filmed the underwater movements and selected the footage for editing, Wingfield said. “It’s one of the most interesting pieces,” Phillips said. The artists and artwork chosen for the collection were not randomly thrown together. Although Phillips and Treacy had not met until this past weekend, through their email relationship, Phillips learned Treacy was a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland as a painter, and invited her to be a part of the show, Phillips said. “I felt both of our artwork addressed the issue of boundaries,” Phillips said. Phillips and Treacy both received Fulbright grants through the Fulbright Scholars Program to work in Ireland. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. government, is not just for art students and pays for housing, transportation and more in another country. It gives someone the opportunity to study or work abroad, Phillips said. “I hope people think about Fulbright as a resource in their undergraduate careers,” Phillips said. “Most think it’s hard, but SEE MORE ONLINE it’s worth it.” Visit Phillips lived in Ireland for the complete story for four months teaching, she said.

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Sex shop does it right life & arts columnist

Aaron Cotney


hristie’s Toy Box is “Where the fun begins.” Looking past the negative stigma usually associated with sex shops, Christie’s Toy Box, 2106 W. Lindsey St., is a fine local establishment sure to ignite one’s primal sexuality. One University College freshman who wishes to remain anonymous said, “It turns me on just going in Donterio Ligons/The Daily there.” Noah Lit, store clerk at Christy’s Toy Box, answers phones, giving information to customers Monday Since college students afternoon. are at or approaching our sexual prime, we all have desires, and whether we controversial view of these elated state of being. choose to satisfy those stores? There is no reaSome of the products AT A GLANCE desires with the companson to be ashamed of the may seem pricey at first, Christy’s Toy ionship of others or not, pursuit of pleasure. These but after realizing the Box they keep coming back. To stores exist to satisfy the bi- amount of fun they can help with these inevitable ological need for sexual re- provide, it becomes clear Location: 2106 urges, Christie’s Toy Box lief each of us face. And, in that a one-time investment W. Lindsey Street, offers multiple options the words of Andy Botwin, at Christie’s Toy Box can Norman, OK to help anyone achieve a character from the show pay off for months. Hours: Monday satisfaction. “Weeds,” they “keep predaNoah Lit, a staff memthrough Friday, 10 a.m. In fact, several people at tors off the streets.” ber at the Christie’s Toy to midnight OU admitted It is hard to Box on Lindsey Street, said Sunday, noon to 10 to making past the he “loves helping people” “It turns me on look p.m. a trip to the moral fencing and it is his “favorite part just going in shop when around sex, of [the] job.” He is a profesPhone: 405-321-0555 they were pornography sional at helping couples, there.” seeking extra and self-plea- as well as individuals, enanonymous university are rows of products that spice in their suring toys, hance their sex lives. college freshman relationships but as much We are privileged to have will give any soon-to-be married individual a laugh or in individas some peo- a chain of stores with such ual sexual satple would a caring staff in the Norman before heading off to tie the knot. From blow-up dolls isfaction. It is interesting, like to shadow the reality of and Oklahoma City areas. to the hilarious variety of however, that not a single their existence, the world In addition to providing one of them wanted their of sex has been spinning products that will help with gummy candies, Christie’s Toy Box has something for name mentioned in this just as long as the Earth. personal sexual enhanceeverybody. article. Although there will always ment, Christie’s Toy Box When we think of a sex be some sort of controversy offers several gag gifts that shop, an inevitable giggle associated with sex-themed are sure to light up even Aaron Cotney is an escapes from our mouths. items, there is no reason to the wildest bachelor or economics sophomore. Why is there such a hide one’s desire for a more bachelorette party. There

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U.S. ambassador to speak about foreign policy and art at OU A U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and six other nations will speak at the opening of the “Advancing American Art” exhibit March 1 at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. OU spokesman Michael Nash said Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who holds the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, will discuss challenges America faces with foreign policy and how art helps Americans relate to the world. “He is considered the greatest living American diplomat,” OU President David Boren said in a press conference Monday. The “Advancing American Art” exhibit was assembled in 1946 and consists of modernist American paintings, according to the press release dated Feb. 18. The collection became politically controversial and was sold to many institutions including the University of Oklahoma, according to the press release. “Advancing American Art” will be displayed in Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Nancy Johnston Records Gallery and the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery, Nash said. The exhibit will be open to the public from March 2 to June 9. The dinner preceding the opening is available by reservation for OU students, faculty and staff. Call 405-3253784 for reservations, more information and accommodations. Jessica Murphy, Life & Arts Reporter

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OU School of Music graduate students to perform in string quartet OU School of Music will present the opportunity to see two quartets perform live on campus this evening. The Crouse String Quartet and the OU Honors Undergraduate String Quartet will perform as part of the Beethoven String Quartet Series, which explores the history of Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets, according to the press release dated Feb 10. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. The Crouse String Quartet consists of graduate students in residence at OU School of Music, who also serve as graduate teaching assistants. Its members are Angelika Machnik-Jones, who plays the cello, Philip Oja, who plays the violin, Cathlin Reese, who also plays the violin, and Shaohong Yuan, who plays the viola. Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults and $5 for students and faculty. They can be purchased by phone or in person at the OU Fine Arts Box Office 405-3254101, in Catlett Music Center. Collier McKinnis, Life & Arts Reporter




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